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Current Talk '22 I / Re: A New Slideshow Is Coming
« on: August 26, 2010, 03:17:08 AM »
The shot itself isn't anything to write home about (no doubt because of poor source materials from the old Sci Fi b'cast), but today's featured episode is a personal favorite of mine.  Magda's gypsy magic is so earthy and so poignantly executed.  Grayson was really giving 500 percent that day.

G.

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Luciaphil's Idle Thoughts '02 / Re: Idle Thoughts--Jumping the Shark
« on: August 23, 2010, 12:02:04 AM »
I remember even back during the original broadcast thinking that burying someone fated to become a vampire wouldn't make any difference.  With all the research Julia had done on the lore before meeting Barn, one would have expected her to have realized that.

G.

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That "Barnabas--portrait of a serial killer" scene reminded me of something I just thought of the other day.  To the extent that DC had input on the creation of the Barnabas character, I wonder whether there was an influence from the Jack Palance Jekyll/Hyde project on which he had been working at the same time.  The original 1967 Barnabas is very much a Jekyll/Hyde kind of persona.  Visiting Collinwood and being the very summit of courtly, debonair consideration--then stalking through Eagle Hill by moonlight with fangs bared (and some pretty extreme make-up, if you recall the scene I am thinking of), ready to pounce on an entranced Maggie Evans. 

DC saw the vampire as first and foremost a killing machine (like the vampire in Night Stalker)--introduce the Jekyll/Hyde element and Barnabas Collins is born.

G.

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Best of luck to you, Victoria.

G.

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Gawd, I'd forgotten just how indescribably fabulous Luciaphil is.  How I miss her! 

My hat is off to the Moderators for keeping these Boards archived and available so that we may revisit.  I think I am going to run off several chapters for pondside reading on my long Labor Day vacation...

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Vampires vs. Werewolves
« on: August 20, 2010, 03:25:50 PM »
I think the moral world of DS, such as it is, is a very different place from these more recent productions.  It's also a very grey terrain where relationships shift.  The most blatant IMO is Barnabas' attitude to David.  They never explain or reconcile how he goes from wanting either to drive the child insane or murder him outright, to pretty much going to Hell and back to protect him.

Barn feels compassion for Chris long before he ever knows Chris is part of the family.  He feels compassion as a fellow sufferer under a curse.  Quentin starts out as an adversary but eventually Barnabas also tries to help him, not only because he feels compassion for him but because Quentin's survival is key to the future of the family.

In the case of Laura, there is pretty much unmitigated animosity because of her plans for her child/ren. 

I personally don't care for the metaphysics that declares an entire race of beings "good" or "evil."  It smacks too much of racism to me, at least in outline.  Perhaps the way it is portrayed in these novels or games introduces more gradations of ambiguity.  We are talking about fantasy cultural production here, after alll...

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Music on the DVDs
« on: August 19, 2010, 10:23:57 PM »
"Theme from a Man and a Woman" was a top 40 hit in 1966.  It plays on the jukebox in the Blue Whale in at least one scene. It was the title track to the French film "A Man and a Woman" starring the incomparable Anouk Aimee.

What was that delightful song playing on the radio when Julia was working in the Old House basement lab just before her first friendly visit from Gentleman Tom, vampire with a difference?  Was it "Embraceable You"?

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Favorite Julia Scenes (per MB request)
« on: August 19, 2010, 10:07:16 PM »
Sheer delight.  And how very appropriate that QUENTIN has the last word!

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Vampires vs. Werewolves
« on: August 19, 2010, 03:30:35 AM »
Who or what is White Wolf?

I really do live in a cave...

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Vampires vs. Werewolves
« on: August 19, 2010, 01:14:27 AM »
In the old lore collected by "Rev." Montague Summers and other authorities, vampires and werewolves were practically kissing kin.  While in some of the legends they were described very differently, in other folk-tales they were both regarded as forms of the Undead.

In the Universal 1940s films, "wolfman" Larry Talbot hangs out with Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, various mad scientists, Maria the gypsy (played by fabulous Marie Ouspenskaya--the Magda character was a mixture of Maria, the gypsy played by Marlene Dietrich in Touch of Evil--she actually has the line to the Orson Welles character, "you hef no future" and a dash of Grayson's over-the-top stage persona), etc.

I haven't kept up with the current trends so was unaware that there is a "tradition" of werewolves and vampires fighting one another.

cheers, G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Favorite Julia Scenes (per MB request)
« on: August 19, 2010, 01:08:20 AM »
Julia says "I understand, completely," with a smile that's every inch the cat that copped the cream, when she's goading Barn about meeting her for breakfast or lunch or at some other "inconvenient" daytime hour.  This is almost right before the infamous boudoir scene...

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: August 17, 2010, 08:39:40 PM »
Thanks, MB.  As for Vicki, Carolyn at least was in no doubt whatsoever as to what Vicki was doing, UNCHAPERONED, in Burke Devlin's room at the Inn! (i. e., exactly what Carolyn herself had planned for Mr. D.)

G.

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Those sound like fun.  I wish somebody would locate the master tape of "The Two Faces of Sean Doolittle," another ABC Wide World of Mystery production directed by Lela Swift with Grayson and Diana Davila in important supporting roles.  Apparently nobody can find it.  Sam Hall wrote the script.  Even though it was supposedly nothing special, I would love to see it.

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: August 16, 2010, 01:04:48 AM »
Tonight's new Robservations capture highlights how in 1966 characters in the same scene appeared to be inhabiting different seasons.  Liz's stylish matronly wool coat-dress looks perfect for a brisk Fall morning in Maine, while Vicki's summery sleeveless number (the same dress we've seen in the recent captures, which makes perfect sense because Art Wallace was still writing the series as if it were playing out in real time, one half hour per day) seems like just the thing for a hot aestival afternoon chasing after that little devil David.

I love the expressions the two are wearing in this snapshot.  Liz seems to be saying "I don't think I can bear this ghastly coiffure much longer!" while Vicki seems to be offering sympathy--"It really doesn't make you look as if you're pushing 70, Mrs. Stoddard."

G.

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Current Talk '10 II / Re: Today's Robservations Slideshow
« on: August 13, 2010, 03:38:22 AM »
On the capture from yesterday, I was charmed by the detail of the big seashell ashtray in the Blue Whale.  That gave the scene a genuine touch of an old seaside resort in New England.  And Vicki's dress, even with the familiar sleeveless design, seemed unusual.

Great choices on these, MB!

G.

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